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A new Code of Ethics to guide practising journalists in Nigeria is likely to come into force next month if the draft of the code for implementation now before all the stakeholders is agreed on. Stakeholder drawn from the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), Radio and Television and Theatre Workers’ Union (RATTAWU), Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), professors in academic and legal profession among others Tuesday ended a three day validation meeting on the reviewed Code of Ethics for Nigerian journalists at the Inyang Hall of the Le-Meridian and Ibom Golf Resorts in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
The gathering, which attracted heated debate on relevant issues from participants, was supported by the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project, which tasked all the stakeholders to fine tune everything for the new code to come on board next month.
Speaking exclusively with THISDAY at the end of the meeting, the President of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Mr. Mohammed Garba, regretted that for over 10 years, journalists in the country were subjected under the old code of ethics, which was outdated and not in line with current reality on ground. According to him, the existing Code of Ethics for Journalists in the country was unfit and irrelevant as journalism practice had greatly changed, expanded with innovations to tally with the reality of the time.